Super Smith! A 1970's Hunslet Boys Club Film





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Published on Nov 4, 2010

A Hunslet Boys Club film from the 1970's

It is great to see how the Hunslet Club and the surrounding area, including the Leek Street flats, looked back then.

Malcolm Gammage Explains:

I got into 8mm film production as a hobby (family films etc.) and as myself and some friends used to spend pretty much every day at the club as young leaders and BB officers, we decided to run a "film Class"
The aim of this was to produce a film to enter into the NABC film competition. So the class of youngsters would write, film and act in the two productions "Super Smith" & "Truants Trail"

Editing was mainly done by myself, with as much hands on by the class as possible, however as we only had an hour a week time was very short.

What is probably not obvious these days, is that there was no "video or digital" so all filming is done on 8mm film stock, this was a very expensive medium and although we could do a couple of takes we couldn't do many, it was just not possible to afford the film.

An 8mm film lasts 3 minutes 20 seconds and we would have to fund raise just to afford each one.

Sound film was only just coming in on the 8mm format and was so expensive it was never going to be an option during the filming of the first two films. (probably just as well as we spent as much time laughing as filming!)

Each of the two films took a whole "club year" to complete and at the end of each year they were entered into the NABC film festival were they both progressed to the "finals" held in Wardour Street London at a private viewing cinema, belonging to "Hammer Films" Each year the respective films "won" their category.

One of the films won the Lindsay Anderson trophy. This trophy (the Grand Prix) was originally won by Lindsay Anderson at the Cannes film festival for the film "If" (in 1969) and was then presented to the NABC to use as a trophy for their film festival. This trophy (which is quite famous) is still on display at the club.

Gary Smith as Super Smith
Mark Seed & Paul Shields as The Robbers
Stephen Marston as The Bank Clerk
Gary Strain as Kojak
Trevor Lee as The Lollipop Man

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